This morning at the National Prayer Breakfast, Obama sought to remind us, as a comparison to the violence we are seeing today from ISIS, of the ‘terrible deeds’ done during the Crusades and how Jim Crow and slavery was ‘justified’ in the name of Christ or something:
BREITBART – At the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama reminded attendees that violence rooted in religion isn’t exclusive to Islam, but has been carried out by Christians as well.
Obama said that even though religion is a source for good around the world, there will always be people willing to “hijack religion for their own murderous ends.”
“Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ,” Obama said. “In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”
Just like almost every Muslim under the sun (and liberal for that matter), Obama brings up the Crusades as some kind of blight on Christianity. Funny thing, he doesn’t mention the Muslim crusades that the Christians were responding to when they began the Crusades. I mean, it’s only fair:
With enormous energy, the warriors of Islam struck out against the Christians shortly after Mohammed’s death. They were extremely successful. Palestine, Syria, and Egypt—once the most heavily Christian areas in the world—quickly succumbed. By the eighth century, Muslim armies had conquered all of Christian North Africa and Spain. In the eleventh century, the Seljuk Turks conquered Asia Minor (modern Turkey), which had been Christian since the time of St. Paul. The old Roman Empire, known to modern historians as the Byzantine Empire, was reduced to little more than Greece. In desperation, the emperor in Constantinople sent word to the Christians of western Europe asking them to aid their brothers and sisters in the East.
That is what gave birth to the Crusades. They were not the brainchild of an ambitious pope or rapacious knights but a response to more than four centuries of conquests in which Muslims had already captured two-thirds of the old Christian world. At some point, Christianity as a faith and a culture had to defend itself or be subsumed by Islam. The Crusades were that defense.
Exactly. Thomas F. Madden, the author of the above quote and Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Saint Louis University, continues:
“Crusading,” Professor Jonathan Riley-Smith has rightly argued, was understood as an “an act of love”—in this case, the love of one’s neighbor. The Crusade was seen as an errand of mercy to right a terrible wrong. As Pope Innocent III wrote to the Knights Templar, “You carry out in deeds the words of the Gospel, ‘Greater love than this bath no man, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
The crusades weren’t this evil act as Obama would have you believe, but rather an act of love to rescue Christians all over the Middle East who had come under the boot of Islam.
As for the other point Obama made about slavery and Jim Crow laws, I’ll just say this. Slavery came to America and Christians here fought a bloody civil war to put a stop to it. If this had been an Islamic country that would have never happened.
It was Christianity that stirred the souls of men to bring an end to both slavery and the Jim Crow laws in America.
But Obama will never admit that because he’s a liar and he is definitely not a Christian.